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October 13

20 Years Ago-1993

The Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles is closer than ever to a $1.275 million federal appropriation for design and engineering, as a House-Senate conference committee this week approved an Interior Department funding bill with that disbursal. “It’s been a lot of work, said Discover Center director Scott McFarlane. The interpretive center enjoys significant local support, and he said that’s been a critical factor. McFarlane lauded Sen. Hatfield and Washington delegation members for their work. The appropriation, together with $2.5 million for Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, will still require a full vote by both houses of Congress, and the President’s signature, but McFarlane said the future looks “very promising” at this point.

Northern Wasco PUD residential and small commercial customers will pay more for power, utility directors decided Tuesday. The board approved a rate schedule that will typically add $8.57 to residential winter bills and $7.37 in warmer months. Small commercial accounts will see an average increase of $10.44 in the winter and $9.54 at other times. The utility faces a 15.7 percent increase in power costs from the Bonneville Power Administration, adding $960,000 to its costs next year. The hike also reflects cost of service to customer classes.

40 Years Ago-1973

Taxes will be higher in 1973-74 on property in some parts of Wasco County. The statements going into the mails next week will show increases in many tax rates, especially for schools, even though a countywide property valuation rise of $14,485,365 will spread on levies over a broader base.

Installation of new officers for the term of one year and a talk marking National Fire Prevention Week given by Fire Chief Bob Wilson comprised the Thursday noon meeting of the downtown Kiwanis Club. The new officers were installed by Bill Dodson, member of the Wyam Kiwanis Club, a breakfast club, and the new lieutenant governor for this Kiwanis District. Dr. Wally Wolf was installed as president replacing Cliff Pierce, while Larry McMillan, who served as chairman for the recent Kiwanis Club Barbecued Dinner, was sworn in as first vice president.

60 Years Ago-1953

Work on The Dalles Dam approached a new phase today with the Army Engineers preparing to call for bids on relocation of the Old Oregon Trail highway and the Union Pacific railroad in Wasco County. This work will be the first in a series of relocation projects made necessary by the dam and will probably cost between three and four million dollars, said Col. T.H. Lipscomb, Portland district Army Engineer.

The Mosier High School was broken into sometime Saturday night and over $300 was stolen from two cabinets located in the principal’s office, authorities reported today. The thieves broke out a window in the principal’s office door to gain entry. Then they forced open two cabinets to get the money. They took a jar containing about $40 of the junior class money and money that had accumulated from other sources, such as receipts of sales of student body tickets.

George McDonald, 42, an employee of Judson Pacific-Murphy, Dalles Bridge sub-contractor, is missing and authorities believe he fell into the Columbia River Saturday and was drowned. McDonald has not been seen since he walked over a hill a few feet from where a company LCM, a converted Navy landing craft, was tied.

80 Years Ago-1933

A bullet wound in his right left, Fred Jackson, transient, was taken to The Dalles hospital this morning after attempting to flee from Police Chief Frank Heater on a downtown street. Heater shot Jackson when the latter failed to heed the officers warning to stop, after the itinerant had been discovered in possession of stolen property. The shooting occurred on Second Street shortly after 10:30. At the time Heater was investigating a theft of approximately $50 worth of shoe supplies belonging to R.A. Kane, Boise, Idaho salesman.

A thorough investigation of vice conditions existing in The Dalles prior to the middle of last August has been completed by the county grand jury, which made its formal report in circuit court this morning after a six-day session of probing into criminal and other matters brought before it. The body expresses surprise at what it termed “deplorable conditions” and commended action of local law-enforcement authorities in attempting to stop the use of narcotics and trafficking of women in the city and Wasco County.

100 Years Ago-1913

One of the fiercest wind storms in the history of The Dalles was experienced about 5 o’clock this morning. The storm almost assumed the proportions of a hurricane, and was accompanied by a heavy rain. Local citizens who went to bed with their west windows open were awakened by the noise of the gale to find that their rooms were being soaked. The storm did not result in any serious damage. Several windows were shattered throughout the city. Most of the slight damage was done along the river. So strong was the wind that it broke the lines and tore the steamer Dalles City away from the Regulator dock.

Fred Hilbert and O.H. Hawley, delegates from the local lodge to the grand lodge of Knights of Pythias, which will convene this evening in Portland, went to the Rose City this morning. Other prominent members of the order who went to Portland to attend the meeting are Judge W.L. Bradshaw, Lee Moon and Dr. F.W. Hogg. Mr. Bradshaw is a member of the judiciary committee for the convention. He is one of the past grand chancellors of the Pythian order in Oregon. This year’s session will be the most important meeting ever held by the Oregon Grand Lodge. There will be almost 300 representatives in attendance and it is expected that more than that number of Knights who are not delegates will be there.


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